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JOB FAIR 2020, UTech, Jamaica – March 13, 2020 >> REGISTER TODAY! February 10, 2020

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Job Fair 2020

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The Career & Placement Unit
University of Technology, Jamaica


Alumni Relations Office
University of Technology, Jamaica

Why You Should Be Active on LinkedIn Today October 9, 2019

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Dear UTech, Jamaica Alumni,

In keeping with our commitment to sharing content that will support your Personal, Professional, Academic and Business Development Goals, we share 10 simple reasons why we believe you should be ACTIVE on LinkedIn.



SALARY MATTERS February 8, 2019

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Dear Alumni,

In my other professional hat as a Life & Career Coach, on February 4th, 2019, I shared the post below on LinkedIn and my other social media sites, to help professionals think clearly about their current financial position. In addition, I wanted to help them think clearly about their options to improve their financial health. The post has been well received and so I thought that it may be of help to you as well. Please see below.

DID YOU KNOW that JAD $1M = $50,000 net a month approx? (***Please check with your payroll department or an accountant who knows our current tax rate to get the exact figure)


JOB VACANCY: Lecturers, School of Business & Management, UTech, Jamaica June 22, 2017

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School of Business Administration, College of Business and Management


VACANCIES for Full-Time Lecturers


The School of Business Administration of the College of Business & Management offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes and is seeking to make academic appointments across a number of disciplines.

Successful applicants will make a significant contribution to the University’s teaching and research profile by undertaking teaching across several undergraduate courses of study, conducting research leading to grants and publications, engaging in consultancy and professional projects, and contributing to the further development of the University. (more…)

Why You Should Be Active on LinkedIn March 23, 2016

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Dear Alumni,

In keeping with our commitment to sharing content that will support your Personal, Professional, Academic and Business Development Goals, we share 10 simple reasons why we believe you should be ACTIVE on LinkedIn.

  1. It is the premiere social media networking site for professionals, entrepreneurs and students who have personal, professional, academic and business development goals
  2. Your actions and engagement on LinkedIn have a potential reach of 400 + million users, located in 200+ countries, with 70 % of the users living outside of the USA. This is good for persons with international interests.
  3. It has a powerful search engine which enables you to be highly selective in generating search results for the unique set of characteristics of the professionals and organizations you most wish to connect with
  4. Its profile feature enables you to thoroughly research your target professional or organization, enabling you to be be fully prepared and confident when you make contact for academic, business or job hunting purposes
  5. Through the Group option, you can improve your networking results, keep abreast of cutting edge trends in your industry, and learn new information and skills about areas of interest well beyond your current professional role
  6. It provides you unfettered access to the intellectual capital of world leaders and industry leaders and influencers
  7. It provides you with a platform to showcase samples of your work, and share your intellectual capital, thereby allowing you to be seen as an expert in your profession. This in turn increases the likelihood of your success in job hunting, as well as being offered career, academic and business opportunities by other professionals located across the world
  8. It has dedicated online learning, sales, and recruitment options
  9. It provides highly useful and value -adding functionality with its free option, which you can further enhance with a paid subscription
  10. Based on current business and lifestyle trends, and the influence of the internet on daily life, increasingly, if you do not have a professional online presence, through which interested parties e.g. Prospective Employers, Scholarship Donors, Venture Capitalists, Prospective Business Partners can research you, this will be seen as a ‘red flag.‘  Not having a well crafted, professional, online presence will make you un-competitive as a professional and entrepreneur who needs a thriving network in order to accomplish significant goals. With the growing dominance of LinkedIn in the professional, business and academic space, it is the first online context that anyone wishing to research you will visit.


Have we convinced you that if you are a career conscious professional or serious entrepreneur that you need to be ACTIVE on LinkedIn?


Add Us in the Alumni Relations Office to Your LinkedIn Network Here!

Join Your LinkedIn Alumni Group Here!

Want to maximize the opportunities LinkedIn presents you to achieve your personal, professional, academic and business goals, but confused about how LinkedIn truly works?


The Alumni Relations Office Will Help You!

As you know we in the Alumni Relations Office at UTech, Jamaica offer a variety of  Professional Development Services. Among our services to you is the LinkedIn Profile Review and LinkedIn Networking Strategy Consultation. From these services you will learn how to optimize your LinkedIn Profile as well as what strategies to use to accomplish your networking goals on LinkedIn.

For each of our Professional Development services we request a donation of JAD$3000  to our University. Alumns who wish to purchase 3 or more services receive significant discounts. Part-proceeds will be given to the Student Welfare Fund.

Learn more about our Professional Development Services and your opportunity to donate to strengthen UTech, Jamaica’s capacity to serve you as Alumni and our students, by selecting the 2 links below. In addition, feel free to call us at 876-970-5468 or 876-809-4274 or email us at cmessam@utech.edu.jm,  if you have additional questions about our Professional Development Services.

*****Even if you are an Alumni currently based outside of Jamaica, and you wish to benefit from our services, we want to support your goals too. So contact us today.

Alumni Relations Office – Professional Development Services

UTech, Ja Alumni Donation for Professional Development

Alumni Relations Office – Professional Development Services Donation Form

UTech, Ja Alumni Donation for Professional Development Form


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Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
237 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6, Jamaica W.I.
Ph: 876-970-5468 ext. 2468 / 876-809-4274
email: cmessam@utech.edu.jm |www.utechjamaica.edu.jm

JOB ADVT: Junior Print & Web Graphic Designer January 21, 2016

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Mysticonline is a growing company which specializes in graphic design for digital and print media, as well as printing of high security and mass distribution paper products for the entertainment industry and corporate marketplace. We service clients islandwide with working hours of Monday – Friday from 10am – 7pm and have quickly gained an impeccable reputation for speed, quality and service.



• JUNIOR PRINT & WEB GRAPHIC/UI DESIGNER at Multimedia Agency (Kingston)

• Proficiency w/ Adobe Photoshop, MS Office Suite
• Excellent oral & written communication skills
• CXC Math & English
• Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage multiple priorities and meet strict deadlines
• High School diploma or higher required

UTech Alumni Job Hunting & Career Tip: Task vs Value-Adding Mindset November 10, 2015

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Hello UTech Grads!

Recruiters truly want to know via resume and interview, the answer to the question “What value will this candidate add to my organization?” This cannot be answered clearly by reviewing a list of tasks that a person did in their current or past work or volunteer assignments. When we work or study or volunteer, we are to create…impact. It is the impact (how things changed for the better as a result of our effort) that makes our contribution to an organization or event worthwhile…and measurable.

It is an unfortunate truth, that many of us take jobs and go to work daily with a “task completion” mindset. This is a focus on the job description and duties. We do not know, research or analyze how our particular role contributes value to the overall goals of the organization to which we are employed. That is a “value-adding” mindset. Years pass, and when we need to apply for another job or a scholarship, we are unable to quantify or illustrate clearly the difference our work has made on behalf of the organizations for which we have worked or volunteered.

The ability to clearly quantify our contribution across our work history is key to maintaining competitiveness as a professional

Take action today. Figure out how and why your role in your organization matters. If you are in a dead-end job [many jobs are just that] and you have been given tasks that do not allow you to quantify the value you add, then seriously consider relocating to a more productive role in your organization or looking for a new job as soon as possible. This is the only way that you will be able to compete as a professional as the ‘nature of work’ changes and jobs get more specialized in skill requirements and continue to be scarce.

Speaking of competitiveness as a professional, here are some things to ponder...

What steps have you taken within the last 6 -12 months to acquire or improve skills required of the 21st Century Professional?

Do you know the job outlook for your particular profession in the country, city, state, in which you reside?

Based on industry trends and news, is your current job, skill set, company viable?

Do you know how to strategically use the internet and social media to passively and actively job hunt and grow a viable network of like-minded professionals?

Do you know why it is vital based on career trends for professionals to have an online and social media presence?

What are the scarce skills in your industry or related industries that would make you more competitive in a job hunt?

When was the last time you created an inventory of all your skills?

What is your survival plan in relation to job loss?

The day-to-day management and outcome of your career over your lifetime is the responsibility of the Professional…never the employer. Take action today.

Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica

Are You Really Serious About Finding A Job? March 5, 2015

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I am inspired to write this post out of my grave concern for job hunters in today’s reality of a poor local and global economy. My graver concern stems from the fact that many persons I speak with who indicate that they are searching for a job, exhibit behaviour  which leaves me wondering if that is in fact the case. The main element which I believe is missing is a good and realistic attitude to finding a job and facilitating successful career management. Too often I am observing alleged job seekers who have unrealistic expectations, poor knowledge of the labour market and their industries, poor knowledge of the requirements of the jobs they seek, slow or lack of follow up on suggestions or opportunities, nonchalance, “Oh, I will get to it later” and “I didn’t take action because I don’t know where…how…who” mindsets.” Bear in mind, that attitude has a direct influence on action or behaviour.

Attitude has a direct influence on action or behaviour.

If any of these descriptions are true of you, I have to conclude—You don’t want a job. If you do get a job, it is very likely that you won’t keep it because of your poor and inappropriate attitude. In a poor local and global economy and a seriously contracted labour market, with high unemployment levels, especially among the youth population, your attitude towards: taking total responsibility for your life and job search, researching relevant information, connecting with knowledgeable people and cultivating good relationships with persons of goodwill and taking consistent action, will play a major role in determining your competitiveness in the labour market.

People Who are Serious About Finding a Job

  • See themselves as primarily responsible for finding a job, and don’t blame other persons, or focus on anger, resentment or envy
  • Keep learning and up to date with their skills, profession and industry trends; while also developing their self-confidence, self-esteem and ability to deal appropriately with rejection and disappointment
  • Focus on solutions and taking action and are willing to make sacrifices, inconvenience themselves, and experience extreme discomfort, and the constant push back in timelines, if that is the price they need to pay to get a job
  • Clarify the specific jobs they are qualified for and the requirements, and which industries and companies hire for those positions
  • Create resumes that are well written, well formatted, and targeted to each specific job that is being applied for
  • Maintain consistent practice of their interview skills so that they grow in their ability to manage anxiety and answer questions efficiently
  • Take action quickly and eagerly. Without being reminded, they are the first ones to call and respond to opportunities and they keep following up without prompting and reminders until the opportunity provides value or follow-up is no longer appropriate
  • Regularly seek out, respect and take quick action on the advice of persons who are more knowledgeable than they are on what it takes to find a job in general, or what it takes to find a job in their particular industry
  • Strategically involve as many people as is possible in their job search, sharing with persons a clear picture of what jobs they are qualified for, what companies they are interested in working in, and asking directly for assistance in circulating their resume
  • Regularly express gratitude for the good things they already have and have experienced in life, remembering to thank every person who supports them in their job search and to look out for opportunities to serve others
  • Never give up on themselves or their dreams

Any experienced HR Manager or hiring manager will tell you that they prefer to hire someone who is not technically ideal but has a good attitude, rather than someone who has most of the technical skills and experience required for the job, but has a poor attitude. If you are serious about finding a job, begin by eliminating any gaps you have in the quality of your attitude. That good change you want is coming, and you want to be prepared to get it and to keep it!


Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica


How Can a Job Club Help a Job Seeker? November 11, 2014

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Dear Alumni,

What is a Job Club You May Wonder?

A Job Club (aka Job Finding Club or Job Support Group) is a strategy to search for jobs using the context of a group or a partner, rather than searching in isolation. It was invented in 1973 by Nathan Azarin (The Career Counselor’s Handbook – Howard Figler & Richard N Bolles). Some experts believe that it has a 70% success rate i.e. Out of 100 job seekers, 70 will find a job based on this method, but 30 will not, if they use a Job Club as their only job search strategy (What Color is your Parachute? 2012 – Richard N. Bolles). Job Clubs may range in size from 2 to 12 persons, and can have a variety of structures and approaches; with the main aim of keeping job seekers strategically motivated, and in-action towards finding jobs.

Read more at the link below. If you agree there is strength in numbers, we hope that you will be inspired to form your own job club or join one soon.



Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica

What’s The Hardest Part About Looking For a Job? April 30, 2014

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What’s the Hardest Part About Looking for a Job?



We in the UTech Alumni Relations Office,  would truly appreciate your candid response to this question. We know that job hunting can be hard, and even worse when it goes on for a very very long time. UTech continues to think about how best to support you our Alumni in  your ongoing personal, professional and business development, and so the poor Job Search conditions have been on our mind. We want to help the best way we can. (more…)

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